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AS/A2 Law at The Bluecoat Academy

Course description

What will be studied ?

At AS level you will study two units:

Law Making and the Legal System In this unit you will learn the role of Parliament and other bodies in the creation of law in the UK. You will also learn about the structure of and procedures within the Civil Court system in the UK and look at alternative ways of solving disputes, other than bringing an action in Civil Court.

The Concept of Liability In this unit we will examine what makes someone guilty of a range of criminal offences and how contracts can be formed.

This unit gives you the opportunity to apply aspects of the law to case scenarios. In addition you will learn about other elements relating to criminal offences and contract law such as the aims of sentencing and how courts enforce contracts.

At A2 level you will go on to develop your knowledge and understanding of criminal law, as well as considering issues such as how the law relates to morality and justice.

How will I be assessed ?

Each year you will undertake two examinations in May/June, so completing four examinations overall. Each examination in the first year is worth 50% of the overall AS grade, and 25% of the overall A Level grade.

This assessment process is repeated in Year 13.

Who should do this course ?

This course will appeal to students who:

• have good levels of literacy and analytical skills.

• Are interested in the legal and criminal justice system.

• Are considering working within the police, as a probation officer or some other area of criminal justice.

How is the course delivered ?

The course is taught using a variety of methods including class discussion, independent library research, presentations and taught lessons.

We also have access to an online resource called ‘Kerboodle’. This resource has a range of features including student notes, interactive tools and short tests to check your understanding of key topics.

There is a clear focus throughout on examination preparation, with regular semiformal assessment to assess your progress.

In addition, there will be opportunities to visit related places of interest such as the Houses of Parliament and the Crown Court.

What equipment will I need ?

It is recommended that you buy the course text book as it will help you to develop and consolidate your knowledge beyond taught lessons.

Your teachers will be able to give you details of suitable texts. You will require a lever arch folder and dividers, pens, pencils, lined paper and highlighter pens. 

Entry requirements

Students wishing to take A level Law should have five A* - C grades at GCSE including English and Maths. A high level of literacy will be required to do well in this subject; therefore you should have achieved at least a ‘B’ in an essay based subject at GCSE such as English, RS or History. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bluecoat Academy directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 years